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How to gain success as an accounting firm in a narrow niche?

Niching provides you the opportunity to become an expert in a particular arena. But what are the dos and don’ts in a business like that? Read all you need to know in the article below.

KORE Accounting Solutions’ team at an event

Inna KorenzvitI founded KORE Accounting Solutions in 2012. It has since grown into an industry leader in the legal accounting space, specializing in helping future-focused attorneys and small law firms implement systems and processes that enable them to stay compliant while running more efficient and profitable firms. The firm works remotely with law firms across the United States, and the staff are QuickBooks Online Elite ProAdvisors and Clio Certified Consultants.

Who is your target audience?

Our new business is all niche-related. Working exclusively with small, tech-forward law firms, we’ve been able to position ourselves as experts in that space while building relationships with industry partners. We are actively engaged with the cloud-based legal community (law firms that utilize cloud technology for services such as payments and client intake) and we do a lot of education for lawyers.

Glasses on computer Inna KorenzvitI KORE Accounting Solutions

As we have a narrow niche, disqualifying the wrong customers has become just as important as qualifying the right ones. At this point, we have an excellent idea of who the right customers are for us (both demographic and psychographic), and we have been able to lean into growing our value, standing, and reputation with that group. Interestingly, COVID was pretty positive for our business – not only have we been totally in the cloud since well before COVID started, but the pandemic forced the legal industry to reckon with technology, accelerating tech comfort and adoption across the entire legal space.

“One of the strategies we haven’t had much success with is in-person event sponsorship.”

What advice would you give to other small business owners looking to grow their businesses?

Our first tip is to start niching into a space rather than trying to be all things to all people. In addition to helping focus your marketing efforts, niching allows you to become an expert in a particular arena. Tip 1.5 is to remember that niching doesn’t need to be all or nothing at first–rather, if you have clients you like, try and grow your business in that industry until it makes sense to go all-in.
Our second tip is to stay current with technological advances. While change can be difficult, for your business to stay relevant, you have to keep up with the times so that you don’t get left behind!

“While it can be hard to turn down revenue in the short term, it’s important to remember that taking on the wrong customers comes with its costs.”

Have you ever tried out a strategy that proved unsuccessful for your business?

One of the strategies we haven’t had much success with is in-person event sponsorship. As accountants, we encourage our customers to consider the ROI they’ll get on the money they spend, and for us, the cost of sponsoring events (such as through local Bar associations) rarely pays off. When we reflect back on why they weren’t a good fit, a couple of things come to mind. First, even if events were for lawyers, we felt that participants were at a particular event for a specific reason, and that was rarely to talk to vendors. Second, merely having a table with swag and collateral didn’t allow us the opportunity to demonstrate our knowledge and value. Instead of straight sponsorships, we’ve sought out opportunities to partner with organizations more substantively, often teaching workshops or engaging in attorney communities, rather than just advertising our firm. These sorts of things bring value to the organizations we work with and to the attendees.

Clock on a dresser

What advice would you give to your past self before opening your own business?

It’s better to have no business than a bad business!
Throughout KORE’s history, there have been several customers that took a disproportionate amount of our team’s time and energy and gave us an inordinate amount of grief. As a “recovering perfectionist” and someone who always wants to do a great job for everyone, I struggled with these customers for far longer than I should have. I have since realized that some people aren’t the right two-way fit, and that’s okay!
While it can be hard to turn down revenue in the short term, it’s important to remember that taking on the wrong customers comes with its costs.

 

 

Inna KorenzvitI is the founder of KORE Accounting Solutions since 2012.

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